Summit County police blotter: Man steals bike, accidentally sells it to victim’s boyfriend
August 15, 2017
A would-be thief found the tables turned on him when he unwittingly tried to sell a stolen bike to his victim's boyfriend on July 30.
The bicycle was first reported stolen that morning and was said to have been originally purchased two years ago for $3,600. Shortly after the report, a man went to a shop in Breckenridge and asked if anyone would like to buy the bike for $50.
Another man at the store, who turned out to be the victim's boyfriend, asked the man if the bike was stolen. The thief responded that it wasn't and that he had gotten it for free off of the Facebook group One Man's Junk.
The man then asked the thief if he had an ID. He didn't, he said, so he instead showed the man a tattoo of his last name that he had.
The man then bought the bike and called the police.
An officer went to the store and recognized the suspect when the man at the shop showed him a photo he had taken of him.
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That evening, the officer found the suspect and arrested him for felony theft, felony possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief.
About a week later, the man was charged with criminal mischief for breaking a window in the jail with his juice cup. Jail staff estimated the window would cost roughly $3,000 to repair.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office received a report on Aug. 3 that a man had broken a bus window and caused roughly $500 worth of damage.
A Summit County Sheriff's deputy found the suspect walking up Swan Mountain Road. He told the deputy he was coming from Keystone and heading to Walmart.
He told the deputy his name but gave three different variations of its spelling over the course of the conversation. He did not have any identification, he said, but was from Wisconsin.
The deputy told the man to just be honest with him, at which point he admitted that he sometimes used his cousin's name. He provided a Keystone employee ID that had the proper spelling of his name, although it was later revealed that he had been fired.
The deputy arrested him for criminal mischief and attempting to influence a public servant.
While searching the suspect, the deputy found a rock in his sweatshirt pocket. The man said he was carrying it so he could skip it into the lake.
Compiled from police reports
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